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THE COLLECTOR 



ly, and the doublet is of plain russet leather set off by a delicate 
gold-tooling on an overlapping border of the Nile-green leather 
of the cover. No more original or effective work has been seat to 
us by the original and effective artists whose imprint is stamped 

upon the doublet. 

* * * 

Another beautiful binding recently imported by this house and 
shown at the Grolier Club, is the work of Ruban & Meunier, for 
the "Armee Francaise" by Detaille and Richard. This binding is 
of Levant morocco, red, polished and brilliant as a shield of gold. 
The decorations are a chain, the links of which are colored in 
bronze, the spears in old gold, and the eagles in silver ; laurel 
wreaths with green leaves surround the boards, and in the middle 
are blue and white flags, with a cuirass of bronze and silver. The 
centre has an inscription in the form of a martial invocation for 
the French Army, speaking of honor and of discipline. 

* * * 

Our amazing tariff has perpetrated another neat little joke on 
itself. Last month the protest of John A. Macsorley & Son, of 
New York, as to duties levied on certain photographic negatives 
imported May 27, 1891, was decided adversely to the appellants. 
The negatives were assessed for duty at 60 per cent. The import- 
ers claimed that they were entitled to free admission on the 
ground that they were taken by an American citizen who prac- 
ticed amateur photography on his journey abroad ; but the wise 
tariff wagged its hydrocephalic head, and decreed that if America 
is not a good enough country for American amateurs to go Kodak- 
ing in, they must contribute a fine towards the protection of our 
scenery from foreign competition. 

* # # 

The change in the proprietorship of the publishing house founded 
by D Jouaust has resulted in the dispersion of the remaining copies 
of those issues under his imprint by which he became renowned 
as an artist among bookmakers. At Mr. E. F. Bona venture's may 



be found probably the last available examples of some of his 
choicest publications. These include a complete or nearly com- 
plete series of the Petite Bibliotheque Artistique, in large paper 
copies, enriched" with the exquisite etchings by Flamehg, Lalauze, 
Edmond Morin, De Los Rios, Cambray, Laguillermie, Mouilleron, 
Hedouin, Edouard de Beaumont, J. Gamier, Emile Adan, J. 
Worms, Paul Avril, Louis Leloir and other artists who were en- 
gaged upon the various works taken up. The works themselves 
include Brantome's " Dames Galantes," Cazotte's " Diable Amour- 
eux," the " Roman Comique " of Scarron, " Faublas," " Les Quinze 
Joyes de Mariage," and so on. The Collection Bijou is another 
series, which includes eight or ten classics, from "Daphnis and 
Chloe " to the Idylls of Theocritus, with illustrations by Emile 
Levy, Rochegrosse and others. Mr. Bonaventure has also secured 
for extra-illustration, the house's stock of proof vignettes to its 
various publications. Two sumptuous works, lavishly enriched by 
extra-illustration, are a set of Spooner's " Fine Arts," extended 
from two to four volumes, and one of the Scribner " Encyclopedia 
of the Fine Arts," expanded from four to eight volumes. Both 
works are large paper copies. They have been filled out with por- 
traits of the artists and the finest available specimens of their pro- 
ductions, and are bound in full morocco with rich embellishment 
in gold. 

The Collector has now entered upon its third year. It has 
suffered the various ailments to which young journals, like babies 
and bear's-cubs, are equally liable. It has survived a vast deal of 
wind — on the stomachs of those who did not believe in it — and of 
gas — in the empty vaporings of false friends and interested flat- 
terers. It has got beyond the age of the ricketts, and has, a sturdy 
pair of legs under it. It has cut its eye teeth, and has learned some 
lessons worth knowing. One of these is to heartily thank its 
friends of the past, and to hope that they may be no less friends Of 
the future ; for after two years of such good company, it has no 
desire to change it. 



THE AMERICAN NUMISMATIC ASSOCIATION 



T^HE convention, aims and objects of the American Numismatic 
- 1 Association furnish one of the important novelties of early 
fall news. For some time the collectors of coin in the United 
States and Canada have felt the necessity of organized effort in the 
interest of their collecting. We have our National Archological, 
Philatetic and other kindred associations, but nothing has ever 
been attempted, beyond the few spasmodic local societies, in the 
greater interest of the science of Numismatics. The matter has 
been agitated more or less during the year, but not until August 
last did it take definite shape, when a temporary organization was 
effected, and a Committee on Temporary Organization appointed 
to draft a Constitution and By-Laws. This Committee finished 
its work promptly, and called a Convention to be held in Chicago 
on October 7th. At this Convention over thirty members were 
present in person or represented by proxy, and two days were spent 
in the adoption of a Constitution and By-Laws and the transaction 
of such other business as came before the body. The meeting 
was a pleasant and harmonious one, and will undoubtedly be the 
forerunner of a series that will form a bond of union, cause a 
brotherhood of feeling, and be of lasting benefit to collectors as well 
as work to the best interests of the science of Numismatics. 

The American Numismatic Association, as its name would in- 
dicate, is broad in scope. Any collector of coin, or any person in- 
terested in the science, is eligible to membership, if in good stand- 
ing and recommended by two members of the Association. The 
initiation fee is only fifty cents, payable but once, on entrance, and 
the annual dues a dollar. The Association will have its official 
organ, and any member fulfilling certain requirements may par- 
ticipate in the Exchange Department. The Association starts out 
with sixty charter members, representing the United States, Can- 
ada, Brazil and England, and its members confidently expect, before 
the first year of its existence rolls around, that it will be the largest 
Association of its kind in the world, and with its increasing years, 
be more useful to the science as it gains in strength and favor. 

The officers elected at the Convention to serve the coming year 
are as follows: 

' „. Pre 1 5 ident ' W - G - J ervius . Jr-, Lakeside Building, Chicago, 111.; 
Vice-President, James Hooper, Port Hope, Ont.; Secretary, Charles 
T. Tatman, 93 Piedmont street, Worcester, Mass.; Treasurer, David 
Harlowe, 28 Mitchell Building, Milwaukee, Wis.; Librarian and 
Curator, S. H. Chapman, Philadelphia, Pa.; Superintendent of Ex- 
change, George W. Rede, Hazelwood avenue, Pittsburg, Pa.; Expert 



on Coins, Ed. Frossard, 787 Broadway, N. Y.; Board of Trustees, W. 
K. Hall, Peterboro, Ont.; C. W. Sleetesneau, Bunker Hill, Ind.; J. A. 
Hechelman, Cullom, 111.; J. F JJones, Jamestown, N. Y.; H. E. Deats, 
Flemington, N. J. 

The next Convention will be held at Niagara Falls, N. Y., in 
August, during the same week as that of the A. P. A and C. P. S. 
Further information will be cheerfully given at any time on appli- 
cation to the President or Secretary. 



Masterpieces of Etching 



TWO important publications in limited, amateur editions, are announced 
by Mr. Charles Sedelmeyer from Paris. One is an. etching by F. 
Laguillermie after the famous Van Dyck of the Windsor Castle Collection, 
" The Children of Charles I." This lovely and immortal family group is 
rendered by the etcher upon a plate measuring 78 centim. in length by 64 in' 
height, and the edition is to consist of 125 Japan paper proofs at 800 francs, 
each proof to be signed by the etcher and stamped by the London Print- 
sellers' Association, and the plate to be destroyed. This plate, the most im- 
portant work which the distinguished pupil of Flameng has yet produced, is 
a veritable technical masterpiece. It adds to his honor as a Chevalier of the 
Legion of Honor, of 1882, the crown of the achievements which won him 
that distinction. 

The second plate, in the dimensions of 34 inches length by 23 inches 
height, is by Charles Koepping after Franz Hals's great portrait-picture in 
the Museum of Haarlem, "The Archers of St. George." This splendid 
composition represents the valiant chiefs of the corporation assembled round a 
table. The banquet is ended, and as the last bumpers make the rounds they 
drink to the health and prosperity of their goodly guild and the independence 
of the Low Countries. . The figures are of vital power, natural in attitude 
and instinct with the spirit of life ; while the naturally jovial humor of the 
artist could not have found more congenial employment than in the hearty 
and genial manhood of his subject. The plate follows worthily after the 
same etcher's masterly reproduction of Rembrandt's "Syndics," issued by 
Mr. Sedelmeyer some years since, and as in the former case, interprets with 
admirable skill and fidelity in black and white the broad apd _ spirited hand- 
ling of the original and the character and animation of the individual figures. 
The edition is limited to 125 proofs, at 1,000 francs, signed by the etcher 
and stamped by the Printsellers' Association of London, the plate to be 
destroyed after the edition is printed. 

Subscriptions for the proofs may be made directly to Charles Sedelmeyer, 
6 Rue de la Rochefoucauld, Paris, or through M. Knoedler & Co.> and other 
prominent art houses in the United States.